The Gospel That Divides

Acts 14:1-7

Sometimes, persisting in sharing the gospel is met with opposition. Why is that? How should we respond?

Join Pastor Larry in Acts 14:1-7 where we see “The Gospel that Divides.” Why do some people respond to the gospel with such joy and others respond with such opposition? What is it about the gospel that is so divisive? Should we persist in sharing the gospel even if we meet opposition? Should we tweak it to make it less offensive?

Application Questions
1. Explore the “why” question: why is the gospel so offensive to some and yet so inviting to others? What seems to be at the core of the different responses? Might not 14:3 give us a clue when it says “the word of his grace”? Why is a salvation message that focuses on “grace alone” smell like “life” to some and “death” to others? (See 2 Cor. 2:14-17 for a parallel passage)

2. Why did God design the plan of salvation so that it would be “by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone”? (1 Cor. 1:18-31 is helpful in dealing with this question, especially the “clincher” statement in verse 31).

3. Have you experienced a time where you shared the gospel and were met with opposition? What happened?

4. Shouldn’t we consider “tweaking” the gospel message so that people aren’t offended? Why or why not? Can you offer biblical support to your answer?

5. Why should we persist in sharing the gospel even when we meet opposition? (Might 2 Tim. 2:10 offer at least one answer to that question?)